Are You Getting Married Too?

Even if you’re not planning a wedding anytime soon, you might like to flip through bridal magazines or even have a board on Pinterest that curates breathtaking shots of white dresses and honeymoon destinations and the prettiest rings that have ever been designed. It’s not a myth that lots of girls (and boys) plan their…

Mortified

Amid the disenchantment surrounding Castro’s early 1980s regime and her husband’s failed attempts at organizing a revolution of his own, Soledad takes her two children, Ulises and Isabel, and flees, not to a pseudo-Cuban community of refugees in Miami but onward to Hartford, Connecticut. There, she begins a relationship with a foreigner, a Dutchman named…

Book Club Re-launch

In January, I started a book club but it didn’t go well. It was around the time I thought I needed to do live videos in order to discuss the book and the first day I was supposed to film, I was stuck at an event in Queens and didn’t get home until late –…

How To Behave In A Crowd

There’s a way to act when you’re alone, another state of being when you’re in the company of your closest friends and then there’s how to behave in unfamiliar situations. How to Behave in a Crowd, a novel by Camille Bordas, challenges this idea by isolating a young boy within his family – a group of…

A Closer Book 64 – 66

I am still playing catchup with outstanding book reviews. Today, I finally posted my video review of 3 books that I read .. in the middle of July. I suppose if I wasn’t reading so fast, it would be easier to review everything but I started a project and I want to see it through…

A Closer Book 61 – 63

Another day, another book review, except this time, there are 3 of them – 3 books that I read recently and enjoyed in very different ways. Commonwealth is a book I wanted to read when it was first released and I heard some pretty negative reviews even while it was being hyped it seemed by…

Book Blogger Hop

You know they say don’t judge a book by the cover but do you ever judge a person by their book collection? Today, I’m joining the Book Blogger Hop where the question of the day is: When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don’t…

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver| Giveaway

As a young Jewish girl growing up in in the Midwest, Lynda Schuster collected stamps and dreamed of the exotic faraway places that produced such glowing artifacts. She resented her unambitious mother as well as the overambitious father who grew dissatisfied with his family life and left them when Lynda was just a  young teen….

Here and Gone

Audra Kinney is a New York woman fleeing her abusive husband, her young children in tow, when she gets pulled over on the Arizona backroads for a minor traffic violation. Afterwards, the cops refute her claims that her children were present when they arrived, suggesting that she harmed her children in the desert. Here and…

Fight Like A YA Girl

Thank you Jay for inviting me to share my responses to the prompts listed below. I loved being tagged but this was challenging for me because he didn’t just ask me to discuss characters from any of the hundreds of novels I’ve read. Instead, this is very specifically, about female characters from Young Adult literature,…

Girl In Snow

Sixteen-year-old Lucinda Hayes is found dead in the snow in front of the neighborhood elementary school one morning. While the police investigate the usual suspects – the neighborhood ex-con, her stalker and her recent ex-boyfriend – anyone could be responsible, which is why it’s important that the story is told from alternating perspectives. There’s the…

Rubbing Stones

Somewhere in the US, a teenaged boy gets enticed into trouble by his girlfriend and winds up in jail, almost hurting his younger brother in the process. Their mother, Jane, who is a psychiatry professor and married to a politician, books an African trip that will take them rafting and on to a clinic –…